Monday, January 25, 2016

Reading Challenge 2016: Curtain: Poirot's Last Case

Week 4: A mystery or detective novel

by Agatha Christie

A Good Read, but Not Quite Satisfactory

Christie rarely disappoints in her delivery of mysteries. This was a good read, but not as satisfactory as many other of her mysteries. In part, we are not given all of the information Poirot possesses - this feels like us readers are put at a decided disadvantage. Like with Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, mysteries where the detective has key evidence we lack can make for enjoyable reads, but are not completely satisfactory as we lack the means to solve them ourselves. 

Furthermore, the book seemed rather a wasted way to end Poirot's career. I was hoping for something not so ... unnecessary, though I understand the thought behind it. 

Still, though, unlike many mystery/detective novels out there, this one does leave you guessing and conflicted and is a good read.

4 stars.

This review appears as a part of the Reading Challenge 2016. To see other books in the challenge, click here.

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